For Lens-artists-photo-challenge I shall share my routine travel shots though earlier I thought of sharing my captures at cafes in Malaga. oops cafe shots have to wait now 🙂
Yesterday I travelled again and I realized these images show “my” routine moments. I couldnot resist showing them again. Hope you enjoy them.
A book in hand but my eyes are looking out for such cosy settings.
Not all shots are perfect.
My routine mistake due the “speed”. 1/nth second late and the focus changes.
The trees and the small boats are my favourite subjects when watching reflections.
One might not find them great but these are my real routine moments 🙂
For Jo’s Monday walk, today we shall take a tour to a farming village called Lærdal in Norway where major agriculture production includes potatoes, apricots, oats, raspberries and most of all cherries. Sweet cherries or Morello cherries, originally from China now grown in Norway are popular and are sold in majority of grocery stores in Norway. The cherry production in this region is more than 200 tons and accounts for half of the total cherry production in Norway.
To learn about Norwegian farm life and its challenges we took a guided tour/walk with one of the renowened farmers of this region. His talk also includes the following topics:
- Cherries – varieties, root stocks, tree architecture and cover systems in operation
- Testing and benchmarking for the cherry varieties: The Canadian varieties from Summerland reseach: Van, Lapins and Sweet Hart, and the European: Regina (Germany), Kordia (Czeck rep) and Girgia (Italian)
- Ideas around robotics and drone monitoring in fruit orchards
Long growing season, soft light, good soil and plenty of fresh water give the cherries the good taste. Cherries or Moreller tastes best when they have a deep dark red color and kept on room temperature.
The Norwegian agriculture has by far the strictest rules. It’s one of the reasons why one can safely eat cherries and other norwegian proctuct. Our tour also included
- Visit to Lærdal Grønt Pack House to study the operation of cherry grading machine that will deliver more then 200 tons of cherries to the Norwegian market this year (about 50% of Norwegian production)
- Discussing ideas around big data and cherry grading based on the 30 pictures pr cherry data optical grading system
- Visit to “Smak av Sogn Landhandel” local & regional food and drink shop
Inspired by Becca’s Sunday Trees.
On Saturday, with everything in place we decided to go hiking on mount Ulriken (643moh.) It was a good decision after all.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves ~Edmund Hillary
May your heart like a lake, with a calm still surface, and great depth of kindness ~Lao Tzu
In every season we make interesting memories on mountains. Little surprises wait for us on every corner.
We enjoyed our short breaks for relaxing and chit chatting. The view from every stop was awe-inspiring.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. ~Theodore Roethke
Time to go back! There are hundreds of unpolished stone stairs to hike down. Sherpas from Nepal are building stone stairs by hand with no powertools.
The major portion of 800 m trail is finished. Sherpas are working on the last section near the top. This section was very steep, dangerous and nothing to hold on. I really wanted to showcase this specific part but was asked to walk carefully instead of thinking about taking pictures which I promptly accepted. A tourist (lady) fell down and hurted herself badly just luckily air ambulase was not needed.
We were able to cover a distance of around 10.5 km due to supportive weather with clouds and little breeze.
Fun Fact: Norwegians do not normally greet people they don’t know if they don’t have to. This is true most everywhere, except in the mountains. So be prepared to say hello to everyone you meet when hiking. It might turn into a beautiful friendship, or even relationship.
Did you do anything special on the weekend?
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. ~John Adams
My entry for this week’s photo challenge.
The earlier images can be found here:
Watching these two birds were great surprise to me.
Grey wagtail in Norway.
Female Peacock on a farm in India.
Both birds were at a distance from me and hence the pictures are not very sharp still I was happy seeing them.
My first entry to this week’s WPC
Would you like to take a walk around this pond? This is situated ca 400 m above sea level. 100% satisfaction to body and soul is guaranteed once you reach this place. A very popular hiking place among locals.
Every Tuesday I upload a picture of a trail or a track or a road. It is so much fun to take a walk and capture the track. Hope you enjoy it. If you like the idea feel free to join.
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